Volume 15

Jeff Grass

When Jeff Grass entered Wharton Business School, he was a promising young professional with a few years’ experience at Aetna. He hoped to parlay a top-tier busi...

Brandon Green

In 2000, Brandon Green had been working a sales job for a couple years when he saw what would become a life-changing opportunity. He’d never thought about buyin...

Ed Grenier

Growing up, Ed Grenier thought all families spent time together collating and binding braille books. His older sister, Victoria, was born blind, and it was a co...

Kathy Hall

The summer before she left for college, Kathy Hall got some bad news about her part-time job. For several years, she’d worked as a dispatcher at a local refrige...

Kim Hayes

Kim Hayes was the oldest of 30-odd grandchildren—so many she doesn’t remember the exact number. Growing up on the border of South and North Carolina, she and he...

Karen Herson

"I actually never thought I’d be an entrepreneur,” Karen Herson says, laughing. The founder and president of Concepts, Inc., a Bethesda, Maryland–based provider...

Susan Kerr

The experience of watching her parents and grandparents enacting solid Midwestern values of resolve, hard work, perseverance, and loyalty to family and friends ...

Jessica Koch

About five years ago, Jessica Koch decided to take a hiatus. She felt disillusioned about how she’d been treated by her last few employers, and she had a young ...

Nikki Le

Nikki Le had a lot on her plate when she began to consider buying a salon. For ten years, she’d cultivated an expertise in cosmetology and hair, and at the age ...

Suzie Mills

The young women in the pictures welcome veterans and others into the yoga studio entrance. One woman, in a black and white photograph stands smiling, even thoug...

Peter Mitchell

In 1998, Peter Mitchell was in a lucky spot: As a lead staffer in the Florida state senate negotiating a milestone education package, he’d won the trust of both...

Katelyn Montgomery

Katelyn Montgomery never planned on being a business owner. Hardworking but practical, she foresaw herself climbing the ladder in more traditional ways, playing...

Trevor Parry-Giles

Toward the end of his freshman year of high school, a classmate in Trevor Parry-Giles’ German class asked him a question that would change the course of his lif...